Sushma Swaraj lived many lives from Supreme Court lawyer to Minister of External Affair. In between, she successfully played several roles and also broke few records along this journey. She was elected as Member of Parliament (seven times), MLA 9 three times), the youngest cabinet minister, at age 25, of any Indian state, first lady CM of Delhi, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, External affairs Minister of India. Ms Swaraj was BJP’s first female Chief Minister, Union Cabinet Minister, general secretary, Spokesperson, Leader of Opposition and Minister of External Affairs – list of her accomplishments is long.
Apart from many accomplishments, Sushma Swaraj spoke impeccable sanskrit and promoted sanskrit and vedic knowledge during her lifetime.
Ms Swaraj’s devoted her life to Indians and India that clearly reflected in her style of working as Minister of External Affairs. Many fondly called her ‘mother India’. She became popular as she used started a her new trend of using social media for promptly responding to NRIs in distress. This was was completely different from the way the external ministry functioned in the past.
‘Best-loved politician’ of India – The Wall Street Journal, the second-highest circulation newspaper of the US.
After Sushma Swaraj decided to quit electoral politics, her husband, Swaraj Kaushal won hearts of millions when he said “Thank you very much for your decision not to contest any more elections. I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running.”
A few hours before she died at the age of 67, one of her lifetime dreams came to true when article 370 was revoked by BJP government. She was overjoyed and tweeted on August 6th, 2019, “I was waiting to see this day [abrogation of 370 and 35 A] in my lifetime”. What a fulfilment! Most senior BJP leaders dreamed of one country and one law for India including Jammu and Kashmir, and fought fiercely against article 370.
It was a life of courage, as she broke several stereotypes and records paving a way to fellow women friends colleagues into politics.
“The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.”
– John F. Kennedy
(Inspired by Dr. (Prof.) Sadhana Kala’s facebook post. She is a leading gynecologist in Delhi)